We were so close to the end of the episode and I honestly was sitting there thinking, "Oh, I can't really write a post this week. Nobody had sex with anyone appropriate or inappropriate, there was some good drama that I really can't make fun of, I actually felt compassion for Brandon for literally one entire episode, they acknowledged that statutory rape is a thing which normally ABC Family has some disconcerting trouble with to say the least, and they didn't spend any time trying to get us on board with Callie and her brother's true-love-forever destinies, so I really have nothing to get grumpy about. So what is my job here?"
And then I looked at Twitter. Damn you, Twitter! After a scene that seemed to be demonstrating that young Sophia is deeply, deeply troubled and suggested to her father that they just go ahead and adopt Callie because that seems cool and Callie is neat and Sophia is used to getting spoiled, Twitter erupted. Not with, "Oh, how inappropriate that the dad didn't shut that down more explicitly" or "Is this child maybe a bit psychotic, what's going on with her?" Nope. It exploded with, "Omigah that would be amazing if she went to live with them because it means we can have our #BRALLIE4EVER!!!!1!!"
It almost lasted, y'all. It almost lasted one episode. Thankfully I don't think it was the writers' intention this time. Sure, the Adams-Fosters have seen this child through juvie and a group home and running away and more than one court case and accusing her rapist and a slew of other things. And sure, they've adopted her brother from whom she's never been separated. But hey, her never-before-known birth dad is rich and her half-sister really likes her, so they should go ahead and keep her SO CALLIE CAN HAVE THAT BOYFRIEND. That seems way more important than having a loving family forever! Lord knows there's nothing that means more in the long run than who you got to date at 16.
But now I'm just ranting about viewer reactions and not the actual show, and I think the show is above that silliness. And even if it's not, I do not think it's what was on display last night. What was on display was pretty terrific in the A-storyline: Brandon, with Lena by his side, tells Stef and Mike about the night that Dani took advantage of him.
Everyone took it really well! Okay, no they didn't. But they took it realistically. Which led to Brandon leaving the room and Lena giving Mike and Stef one hell of a dressing down. (She did have the added calmness advantage of having had time to process this.) (And admittedly I was slightly bummed later in the episode when the implication seemed to be that he'd told only Lena because Stef is "too hard on him." First of all, Brandon told Lena BECAUSE HE WAS STONED. Second of all, STEF IS NEVER HARD ON ANYONE, NONE OF HER CRIMINAL CHILDREN HAVE EVER BEEN PUNISHED BY HER.)